The Draining of the Fens: Projectors, Popular Politics, and State Building in Early Modern England by Eric H. Ash
English | May 3rd, 2017 | ISBN: 142142200X, 9781421422008 | 416 pages | True PDF | 26.19 MB
The draining of the Fens in eastern England was one of the largest engineering projects in seventeenth-century Europe. A series of Dutch and English "projectors," working over several decades and with the full support of the Crown, transformed hundreds of thousands of acres of putatively barren wetlands into dry, arable farmland. The drainage project was also supposed to reform the sickly, backward fenlanders into civilized, healthy farmers, to the benefit of the entire commonwealth.